LionGas regasification terminal, owned and operated by 4Gas, is located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Supplying natural gas to northwestern Europe, the LionGas terminal is expected to be operational by 2012.
The LionGas project was initiated in 2001, and 4Gas obtained its environmental and construction permits for the project in September 2006 and December 2006, respectively.
LionGas is the first company ever to receive an environmental and construction permit for the supply of LNG in the Netherlands. Moreover, LionGas is the only fully permitted independent LNG terminal project in Europe.
Construction on the LionGas terminal is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2008. Development of the regasification terminal involves two phases of construction – the initial phase and an expansion opportunity. The first phase of development for LionGas will include the construction of three tanks, each with the capacity to hold 154,000 cbm each. Initially storage capacity will be 9 billion cubic meters a year.
In 2007, 4Gas signed an MOU with ENECOGEN, which owns a gas-fired power plant next to the LionGas terminal, for capacity right to 2bcm of natural gas. Also, LionGas will use the residual heat from the ENECO power plant for heating its LNG.
Additionally, 4Gas will dredge a single jetty for the first phase of operation. Two and a half miles (4 kilometers) of pipeline will be built to connect the regasified LNG to existing pipeline systems. Independent operator GTS is managing the pipeline project.
The second phase of development includes the construction of another three tanks, for a combined capacity of 18 billion cubic meters per annum. Also, a second jetty will be added when the terminal is expanded.
4Gas is developing the LionGas as an open, multi-user terminal, offering use of the terminal to other companies.